Southampton's Princess Anne Hospital at the heart of Christmas TV on Channel 4

Midwives and doctors around the country will play a major part in many families’ lives this festive season – but those at Southampton’s Princess Anne Hospital will touch the hearts of many more than usual.

Following the success of this year’s BAFTA-award winning documentary series One Born Every Minute, which was filmed at the hospital using 40 fixed cameras over a month, the programme will return for a holiday special.

Channel 4 will screen One Born At Christmas in five one-hour slots over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but will add an exciting new development – an innovative on-site studio featuring live updates.

The programme will kick off with a prime time special on Christmas Eve, which will introduce viewers to expectant mums as the countdown for the first yuletide baby begins, and will continue through Christmas Day as new arrivals begin to enter the world. 

“Families go through a roller coaster of emotion during the birth of a child, with every occasion a unique moment for those involved and, as staff, we get to share in so many truly memorable moments,” said Maria Dore, head of midwifery at the Princess Anne Hospital, Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust.

“But we are now in the wonderful position of being able to invite people from around the UK to experience this joy and excitement with us at what is an extremely special time of the year.”

In among the coverage will be Channel 4’s traditional alternative Christmas speech, which will be delivered from the Princess Anne.

Simon Dickson, deputy head of documentaries at Channel 4 and One Born Every Minute commissioning editor, said: “One Born At Christmas promises all that the first series delivered in terms of love, laughter and stories that squeeze your heart – along with an added measure of festive cheer.”

A new series of One Born Every Minute, filmed over a longer period of six weeks, begins on Monday, 10 January.

Posted on Wednesday 8 December 2010